Pouherenga Kōrero o-Mua
This job is sometimes referred to as:
- Art Historian
- Genealogist/Family Historian
- Historical Researcher
- Oral Historian
- Public Historian
Historians research, write and present information about events and people of the past and present. They may also teach history.
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To become a historian you need to have at least a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Social Sciences degree majoring in history. However, most employers prefer you to have an Honours or Masters degree.
A Doctorate in history is preferred for most academic positions.
A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include English, history, art history, classics, sociology, geography, or languages.
Historians need to be:
- accurate, enquiring, patient and persistent
- able to keep information private
- able to make good judgements
- open-minded and have an awareness and understanding of a range of different cultures
- skilled at communicating both orally and in writing
- skilled at interviewing
- good at planning and organising.
Nepia Mahuika - Historian
Useful experience for historians includes research or writing, or library or archive work.
Historians should also be widely read and have experienced a range of New Zealand's culture and heritage, especially Māori culture and language.
View information on courses in the course database
Find out more about training
- Ministry for Culture and Heritage
- (04) 499 4229 - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.mch.govt.nz/index.html
- NZ Historic Places Trust/Pouhere Taonga
- (04) 472 4341 - email@example.com - www.historic.org.nz
- Professional Historians' Association of New Zealand (PHANZA)
- (040 471 6445 - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.phanza.org.nz/
- Waitangi Tribunal
- (04) 914 3000 - email@example.com - www.waitangi-tribunal.govt.nz/
years of training required
Updated 15 Feb 2013